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III. Policies: Geology

  • Subject name: Geology
  • Subject abbreviations: GEOL
  • Bibliographer: Katie Lage
  • Other subject responsibilities: Geography, Maps, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Address: 184 UCB, Earth Sciences & Map Library
  • Phone: 303-735-4917
  • Email: Katie.Lage@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:

A. Curricular emphasis:
Geology is a science concerned with the Earth -- its relationship to the solar system, its origin and developmental history, its structure and composition, its dynamic processes, and its evolution. Geology also relates to human endeavors and needs, including the use of natural resources, the preservation of the environment, global change, and the mitigation of geologic hazards. Interpretation of the Earth's physical, chemical, and biological systems and their evolution requires that scientists who study the Earth interact with mathematicians, physicists, astronomers, chemists, geographers, climatologists, biologists, and engineers.


B. Research emphasis:
Stratigraphy, sedimentology, minerology, structural geology, glaciology, geomorphology, planetary geology, oceanography, economic geology, quaternary science, and paleontology. Interdisciplinary areas of geochemistry, geophysics, biogeochemistry, remote sensing, hydrogeology, and hydrology.


C. Level of Degrees granted:
BA, MS, PhD in Geology and Geophysics


D. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Environmental Engineering, Physical Geography, Physics, Physical Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Design, Museum studies, and Environmental Studies


E. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), World Data Center for Glaciology, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Center for the Study of Earth from Space (CSES), CU Center for Astrobiology (CAB), Energy and Minerals Applied Research Center (EMARC)


F. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), private consultants in hydrology and environmental geology.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Libraries approval plan from Blackwell-North American, society publications, general subject catalogs, GPO regional depository documents, as well as faculty and student requests. Gifts-in-kind are accepted with the approval of the bibliographer.


B. Languages:
Primarily English, some Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese and Japanese


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Primarily current, some retrospective according to need and availability.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
world wide, also some atmospheric and planetary


E. Treatment of Subject:
Graduate and professional, lower division, upper division, society publications, guidebooks, conference proceedings, history of geology, limited popular works.


F. Types of Materials:
Books; journals; conference proceedings, subject oriented dictionaries and encyclopedias; CU dissertations and theses; U.S. government publications; state geological survey documents from western states; microfiche; guidebooks; and handbooks.

III. Other considerations - locations

The Earth Sciences and Map Library collection is located in the Benson Earth Sciences Building. Some older journal volumes are in offsite storage - PASCAL. The Earth Sciences Library houses USGS bulletins, professional papers, open-file reports and surveys of the Territories but all are duplicated in the Government Publications Department in Norlin.